Solar Sports, 3 major TV networks to air mega bout

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Solar Sports in cooperation with ABS CBN 2, GMA 7 and ABC 5 will air live the mega bout between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. dubbed Battle for Greatness on May 2 (May 3 in Manila) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Solar Sports, ABS CBN 2, GMA 7 and ABC 5 will air the fight simultaneously starting at 10 a.m. while the radio coverage will be exclusive to GMA’s DZBB.

“To make this [broadcast partnership]possible, there were many sleepless nights,” Solar President Wilson Tieng told reporters during a press conference at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay City on Thursday. “The Filipinos deserve to enjoy this momentous occasion in Philippine sports.”

Tieng said that both Pacquiao and Mayweather approved the broadcast arrangement.


Tieng was joined by Mike Enriquez of GMA 7, Chot Reyes of ABC 5 and Dino Laurena of ABS-CBN 2 in the press conference.

Pacquiao, who is currently in Los Angeles, California, also participated in the press conference via Skype.

“I’m very proud and thankful that Solar Sports have united all the TV networks in the Philippines. I will do my best to win this fight for my fellow Filipinos. So far, I’m okay and feel comfortable. I’m ready and excited for this fight,” Pacquiao said.

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  1. sancho alconce on

    “The Filipinos deserve to enjoy this momentous occasion in Philippine sports.”

    Who are these people kidding. Watching the commercials lasting more than the actual boxing rounds is not enjoyable at all but very frustrating and agonising. These are the things to expect;
    -before the round starts, an intoxicating product or a sugar laced energy drink is
    flashed on the TV screen telling the audience that the round will start.
    -at the end of the round that same product tells us that it is the end of the round. Maybe they think that viewers are stupid and do not know how to count. Then they enumerate the list of sponsors who made the bout shown on TV possible – some kind of table of contents. And the products they enumerate, they play the commercials one by one that lasts as long if not more than the boxing rounds does.
    -and then they remind us again that it’s the start of the next round.
    -this goes on and on that after the second round you loose all excitement.

    To enjoy this momentous occasion? What a joke. Celebrate their momentous greed maybe…